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Lupanu String Quartet returning to Lancaster

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By Nita Brown

 

A universal rule of thumb for event organizers is, “a hit performance calls for a repeat.” Such is the case with the Spring Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert coming up April 28.  

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Calin Lupanu will again lead his string quartet of symphony members in what is anticipated to be another memorable performance, featuring selections by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., in historic downtown Lancaster.

Last year’s concert, performed as the launch of WDAV Classical Public Radio’s 40th anniversary celebrations, played to a packed house. With the concert linked to a well-known organization like the Charlotte Symphony, concert organizers expect another good crowd from across the region.

Lupanu said he and his quartet are delighted to be returning to Lancaster, and performing at the CAC, with its near-perfect acoustics. By performing here, they are helping fund improvements needed to make the CAC an outstanding regional performance venue.

“We love it,” he said, “and look forward not only to playing there, but seeing what has been done [to the building] since we came last year.”

The quartet represents an international group, as well as the Charlotte Symphony. Violinists Lupanu and Monica Boboc are both from Romania. Violist Ben Geller is from Rockford, Ill.; and cellist Marlene Ballena is from Peru.

The group represents how music is truly a universal language, drawing people from diverse backgrounds to a common ground. It also illustrates Lupanu’s philosophy of music as a communicator.

“Sharing our music with other people, makes us better understand each other,” he said.

VMR concert coordinator John Craig explained why Lupanu’s quartet is a highly desirable “repeat” engagement, and why musicians like performing at the CAC.

“Calin Lupanu is one of the most gifted violinists in the country. His music reflects his Romanian origins and his musical heritage – both his mother and grandfather were prominent musicians,” Craig said. “He leads the Charlotte Symphony expertly, and his string quartet, which includes his wife, is one of the best in our region.

“This will be the quartet's second appearance at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, and one of the reasons we were able to get them back is the acoustics and the ambiance of our historic performance hall. Our center is a real drawing card for top musical talent like Calin and his colleagues.”

Advance “will-call” tickets, available at lccarts.net/tickets or (803) 285-7451, are $15 each, $20 at the door. As with all Vivian Major Robinson concerts, admission proceeds help fund planned improvements at the Cultural Arts Center.

Advance “will-call” tickets, available at lccarts.net/tickets or (803) 285-7451, are $15 each, $20 at the door. As with all Vivian Major Robinson concerts, admission proceeds help fund planned improvements at the Cultural Arts Center.

Want to go?

What: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra String Quartet

When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28

Where: Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster

Admission: $15 advance, $20 at the door

Tickets (will-call):  lccarts.net/tickets or (803) 285-7451

Details: John Craig, (347) 604-2179

Sponsored by: Lancaster County Council of the Arts, the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation and the Craig Farm Historical Preservation Foundation.